H.P. Lovecraft & Horror Inspirational Art

Artwork inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s universal horrors is something I find very inspiring when drafting up mythos centred scenarios for Call of Cthulhu. I mean, a picture is worth a 1,000 horrors words right? Below you’ll find a whole bunch of inspiration art pieces that should be helpful for any Call of Cthulhu game – or in fact any horror RPG or game centred on madness.

None of these Lovecraftian art pieces are mine, hopefully the links below will take you to their sources. This is just a small respository of inspiration for you to draw from – all in one helpful spot.


Correspondingly, Cthulhu and horror artwork from left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Apollo art by Douglas A. Sirois, taken from Erik von Wodtke’s book Apollo (Available to purchase here)
  2. Doomed Voyage by Rafal Badal
  3. Untitled horror piece by Jorge Jacinto
  4. Cthulhu at the Gates of R’lyeh by Deranged Cultist
  5. FFG Card design for Call of Cthulhu – Ignacio Bazan-Lazcano
  6. Untitled Lovecraftian piece from The Art of H.P. Lovecraft’s the Cthulhu Mythos (Available to buy on Amazon). This is also the featured image at the top of this post – it’s a wonderful inspirational piece of art.

Artwork of Cthulhu

Cthulhu obviously features heavily in H.P. Lovecraft’s books. It is one of his most iconic and easily recognisable pieces of fictional imagery he produced over the years. Moreover, in The Call of Cthulhu, Lovecraft describes a statue of the monster as:

A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind.

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

It is no surprise that artwork of Cthulhu produces such vivid and inspirational pieces for us horror RPG fans. However Cthulhu is just one of countless entities that horrifies us.

Some more inspiration for you, again left-right, top to bottom. Of course the credit goes to the awesome artists:

  1. Lovecraft’s Shoggoth by Joseph Diaz
  2. Hastur by unknown artist
  3. The Terrifying Masters posted by Necron0mic0n
  4. Untitled piece posted by Twitter user 13033303
  5. Shoggoth by Bomb-Bear
  6. At the Mountain of Madness by Nikolay Razuev

Lovecraft’s Necronomicon

Unfortunately I didn’t note down where I got these pieces from exactly, however I do know at least one came originally from Daniel Govar’s (hopefully that’s spelt correctly). I believe it’s specifically from Govar’s deluxe Kickstarter book/comic based on Lovecraft’s Necronomicon (that is, picture 4). The artistry and level of detail that Govar has applied to this piece is insanely inspiring.

Equally as beautiful is the 1st picture shown above, the profile-illustration of Cthulhu – remarkable.

Hopefully this growing collection of inspirational pieces will start a creative cogs turning in your brain as you plan your next Call of Cthulhu RPG game.

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